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  • Articles and reports: 89-503-X201500114316
    Description:

    This chapter of Women in Canada examines many aspects related to senior women in Canada including their socio-demographic characteristics, life expectancy, living arrangements, social participation, Internet use, health, assistance with daily living and leading causes of death, as well as economic characteristics including their labour force participation and income. The focus will be on recent patterns, with discussion of historical trends where appropriate, including selected analysis by ethnocultural diversity and geographic region.

    Release date: 2016-03-30

  • The Daily
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2014-09-09

  • Articles and reports: 75-006-X201400114042
    Description:

    This article provides information about Canadians who need assistance at home or home-care services, but who do not receive any (unmet needs) and about those who already receive assistance or home-care services, but could use more services (partly met needs). The article also examines the possible consequences of the lack of assistance or of home care on the well-being and mental health of Canadians.

    Release date: 2014-09-09

  • Articles and reports: 82-003-X201301011872
    Description:

    Data from the 2008/2009 Canadian Community Health Survey-Healthy Aging were used to examine the prevalence of urinary incontinence (UI), as well as the relationship between UI and loneliness, in a sample of people aged 65 or older who resided in private households.

    Release date: 2013-10-16

  • Articles and reports: 82-003-X201300911864
    Description:

    This study validates cut-points for a frailty index to identify seniors at risk of a hospital-related event and estimates the number of frail seniors living in the community.

    Release date: 2013-09-18

  • Articles and reports: 89-652-X2013001
    Description:

    This issue examines Canadians who provide care to family or friends with chronic health conditions, disabilities or aging needs. The overall prevalence and intensity of caregiving are discussed, along with regional variations, the type of assistance provided, the duration of care, the characteristics of caregivers, and the extent of financial support to caregivers.

    Release date: 2013-09-10

  • Articles and reports: 75-006-X201300111858
    Description:

    What types of caregivers provide the most hours and kinds of care? Which ones are the most likely to experience various consequences associated with family caregiving? This article compares the different types of family caregivers, based on the relationship with their main recipient.

    Release date: 2013-09-10

  • Articles and reports: 82-003-X201300311773
    Description:

    Data from the 2008/2009 Canadian Community Health Survey-Healthy Aging were used to estimate the prevalence of nutritional risk by selected characteristics.

    Release date: 2013-03-20

  • Articles and reports: 82-003-X201200411760
    Description:

    This study uses data from the 2009 Canadian Community Health Survey-Healthy Aging to provide a profile of community-dwelling seniors receiving home care and describe the types of care they receive from formal and informal sources. Seniors' unmet needs for professional home care are also examined.

    Release date: 2012-12-19

  • Articles and reports: 82-003-X201200411740
    Description:

    This article compares examines changes in smoking, physical activity, alcohol consumption and diet in a representative sample of Canadians aged 50 or older diagnosed with a major chronic condition.

    Release date: 2012-11-21

  • Articles and reports: 82-003-X201200311694
    Description:

    This study compares the characteristics of caregivers with those of their contemporaries who are not caregivers. In addition, the characteristics of the care that caregivers provide are outlined, as are the positive and negatives aspects of caregiving.

    Release date: 2012-07-18

  • Articles and reports: 11-008-X201200111619
    Description:

    This article examines various issues related to seniors' access to transportation and to a vehicle. The first part focuses on determining which seniors have a driver's licence and drive a car, including those with the weakest visual, auditory, motor and cognitive faculties. The second part of the article describes seniors' main forms of transportation other than driving a car. The last part examines the impact of seniors' main form of transportation on their level of social participation.

    Release date: 2012-01-23

  • Articles and reports: 82-003-X201100311515
    Description:

    This article profiles the population aged 50 or older who reported having been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Variables associated with increased risk of diagnosis and differences between 2004 and 2009 are presented. Intake of calcium and vitamin D from food and from supplements is analyzed by the presence or absence of osteoporosis.

    Release date: 2011-07-20

  • Articles and reports: 82-003-X201100211473
    Description:

    Using data from the 2009 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) - Healthy Aging Cognition Module, this study examines correlates of low performance on four cognitive tasks among Canadians aged 65 or older who were living in private dwellings and who did not have Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

    Release date: 2011-06-15

  • Articles and reports: 75-001-X201100111402
    Description:

    This study examines four distinct states of retirement among older Canadians: fully retired; partially retired; previously retired but returned to work; and never retired. Using the 2009 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) Healthy Aging, it presents the socio-economic characteristics of each group, and discusses their differing work patterns and health.

    Release date: 2011-01-31

  • Articles and reports: 82-003-X201000411391
    Description:

    This analysis uses data from the Cognition Module of the 2009 Canadian Community Health Survey - Healthy Aging to validate a categorization of levels of cognitive functioning in the household population aged 45 or older.

    Release date: 2010-12-15

  • Articles and reports: 82-003-X201000311289
    Description:

    Based on data from the 2009 Canadian Community Health Survey-Healthy Aging, this study provides up-to-date estimates of the prevalence of good health, chronic conditions and health-promoting factors among seniors and adults aged 45 to 64.

    Release date: 2010-07-21

  • Articles and reports: 11-008-X201000111072
    Description:

    As our population ages, more and more people are required to provide care or assistance to an elderly parent. In 2007, about one in five caregivers lived more than one hour away from the parent they were assisting. This study provides a profile of caregivers according to whether they lived at varying distances from the parent to whom they were providing care. Information is provided about the socio-economic characteristics of caregivers, the types and frequency of care provided, the use of additional sources of assistance, etc. The primary focus is on the financial, social and work consequences associated with assisting a parent who lives far from a caregiver's place of residence.

    Release date: 2010-01-26

  • Articles and reports: 91F0015M2008009
    Description:

    In Canada, there has been growing discussion over the aging of the population and other socio-demographic trends which affect the availability of the informal support network of the elderly population. Noting the lower fertility rates of baby boomers, the increased participation of women in the labour force and changing family structure in terms of increased divorce and reconstituted families, assumptions of continued high level assistance from informal support networks - family and friends - are often criticized.

    The main objective of this research is to project the future availability of informal support network to meet the need for assistance in performing everyday activities among the disabled elderly population for the period 2001 to 2031. The research examined both sides - supply and demand - of the projected increases in need for assistance for disabled older persons. Future trends are analyzed in terms of demand for support, (that is, changes in the rates of disability among the elderly population), and supply of informal support, (which is largely related to the extent and composition of the family network). Data from two national surveys, the 1996 National Population Health Survey (NPHS) and the 1996 General Social Survey (GSS), are used to identify factors associated with disability and sources of assistance among the elderly population. These results were entered into Statistics Canada's LifePaths microsimulation model to project the use of informal and formal networks in the future. The model also incorporates three disability scenarios to test the sensitivity of the projections when different assumptions are considered. The implications of these trends on the future need for chronic home care services are discussed.

    The results show that for the period 2001 to 2031, the average annual growth rate of the number of disabled elderly needing assistance could be about 2.5%. However, the sensitivity analysis shows that an improvement in the health of the population could reduce in a non negligible way this growth rate.

    The results also show that, all things being equal, a greater proportion of elderly persons living with a spouse would relieve some of the pressure on the formal network. This positive effect could be dampened in part when joint survivorship is also meaning joint disability.

    Release date: 2008-12-18

  • Articles and reports: 11-008-X200800210689
    Description:

    Using data from the 2007 General Social Survey, this article investigates new national level data on caregiving. It is well established that family and friends provide care to ailing seniors. Focusing on caregivers aged 45 and over, the article examines whether family and friend care differs by the type of health problem the senior has (be it physical or mental), or whether the care was provided to a senior living in a private household or care facility. We also look at who provides care to seniors, which tasks are provided and how often, how caregivers cope, and where they turn in order to seek support. Included is a profile of the seniors 65 years and over with a long-term health problem who were receiving care from these caregivers.

    Release date: 2008-10-21

  • Articles and reports: 82-003-X200800110514
    Description:

    This study describes the prevalence of chronic pain among seniors living in private households and in long-term health care institutions. Associations between an increase in chronic pain and unhappiness and negative self-perceived health are examined. Data are from the 1994/1995 through 2002/2003 National Population Health Survey and the 2005 Canadian Community Health Survey.

    Release date: 2008-02-21

  • Articles and reports: 82-003-X20050049498
    Description:

    In 2003, 15% of seniors living in private households received some form of home care. Over half of seniors who had home care received it from formal sources only services entirely or partially covered by government, private agencies or volunteers. Housework was the most common type of home care received by seniors. Four in ten seniors who needed help moving about in their house, and one-third of those who needed help with personal care, did not receive home care.

    Release date: 2006-10-17

  • Articles and reports: 82-003-X20050049497
    Description:

    The proportion of Canadians receiving governmentsubsidized home care was almost stable between 1994/95 and 2003, rising only slightly from 2.5% to 2.7%. Over that period, the average age of people receiving this type of care fell from just under 65 to 62. Among people who needed help with personal care, the proportion receiving government-subsidized home care fell from one-half to one-third. In 1994/95, 8% of recipients of government-subsidized home care were incontinent; by 2003, the proportion had more than doubled to 17%.

    Release date: 2006-10-17

  • Articles and reports: 82-003-X20050029195
    Description:

    As well as sub-zero temperatures and snowstorms, flu viruses arrive with the Canadian winter. Healthy people usually recover from the fever, cough, headache and other symptoms in less than a week. But some "especially seniors and those with lung or cardiac conditions" may have more severe cases of the flu and may even need to be hospitalized.

    Release date: 2006-05-05

  • Articles and reports: 75-001-X200610213157
    Description:

    While the majority of Canadians aged 50 to 69 not in the labour force were retired in 2003, nearly half a million were not working for health-related reasons. The Canadian Community Health Survey is used to compare the health of working individuals aged 50 to 69 with their contemporaries who are not working, whether for health or other reasons. Chronic conditions and lifestyle choices are also examined.

    Release date: 2006-03-20

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